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GEF Council Consultation with CSOs Discusses CSO Engagement, Knowledge Management[viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation meeting with civil society organizations (CSOs) gathered approximately 100 participants to focus on three topics: a dialogue with the GEF CEO; strengthening CSO engagement in the GEF; and knowledge management in the GEF. Just after the close of the consultation, the first meeting of the new Working Group on Implementation of the GEF Public Involvement Policy (PIP) convened, involving members of the GEF CSO Network, the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Council. The day-long CSO Consultation took place immediately before the 48th meeting of the GEF Council, which will convene at the same venue from 2-4 June 2015.

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ESCAP 71 Establishes Energy Committee, Disaster Information Centre[viewed]

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) adopted 14 resolutions at its 71st session, including agreement to promote transport and information and communications technology (ICT) links, establish a centre to share and manage disaster information, and create a Committee on Energy.

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FAO-IFAD-WFP Report Shows “Near-Achievement” of Hunger MDG[viewed]

UN agencies released their joint annual report on food insecurity, showing that total numbers of people living in hunger declined in 2015, but that chronic hunger persisted in areas suffering “protracted crises” caused by conflict and disasters. This year's report focuses on 'Meeting the 2015 international hunger targets: taking stock of uneven progress.'

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World Education Forum 2015 Adopts Incheon Declaration on Education for All by 2030[viewed]

The 2015 World Education Forum (WEF) adopted the Incheon Declaration, committing to undertake steps toward promoting education opportunities for all by 2030, within a framework to be finalized by November 2015.

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Event: Workshop on the Institutional Architecture for the Science-Policy Interface on the SDGs[viewed]

This workshop for negotiators and stakeholders is organized by the Earth System Governance Project, POST2015 project and Keio University.

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FfD 3 Consultations Address Domestic Public and Private Resources[viewed]

At the Second Additional Session for the Preparatory Process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), UN Member States discussed part of the 22 May version of the FfD 3 draft outcome document, which incorporates comments offered during the First Additional Session for the Preparatory Process. Geir Pedersen, Permanent Representative of Norway, and George Talbot, Permanent Representative of Guyana, serve as Co-Facilitators of the preparatory process and led the consultations.

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ECOSOC Forum Explores Health Partnerships, Lessons for Post-2015 Development[viewed]

The UN Economic and Social Council convened its 2015 Partnerships Forum on the topic of “The role of partnerships in achieving the post-2015 development agenda: making it happen.” Bill Clinton, President of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the US, gave the opening keynote address with a focus on health systems in developing countries, and the need for financial support to strengthen them. Other speakers and dialogue sessions further explored health and health-related partnerships.

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Member States Consider 2015 HLPF Outcome[viewed]

The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Martin Sajdik, Permanent Representative of Austria, provided a briefing for UN Member States and others on preparations for the third session of the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF). Sajdik said the third HLPF session, focusing on the theme “Strengthening integration, implementation and review: the HLPF after 2015,” which will take place on 26 June-8 July 2015, will discuss important issues related to the post-2015 development agenda and how to make the HLPF ready for 2016.

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Toolkit Seeks to Facilitate Use of Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Processes[viewed]

CIVICUS has released a new toolkit, titled 'Towards New Social Contracts,' which offers tools and resources to facilitate the use of dialogue processes, and seeks to stimulate "a reflection around the potential and limits of multi-stakeholder processes in promoting socio-political change." Pilot dialogues that informed the toolkit took place in Albania, Bolivia, Canada, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Venezuela.

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OHCHR Calls for Universal, Participatory and Transparent SDG Review[viewed]

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a briefing note on integrating human rights into the post-2015 development agenda, with a focus on accountability. Follow-up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level is recommended to take place under the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) at least every five years, and to be harmonized with the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. At the national level, the note recommends follow-up and review at least every two years. At the regional level, it suggests that countries be supported to provide direct feedback to the global process.

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